Some call it The Gates of Hell. Others know it as City of the Living Dead. The Italians know it as Paura nella città dei morti viventi, which translated literally is Fear in the City of the Living Dead. My mom (and probably yours) knows it as "a disgusting zombie flick I've never heard of and will definitely never see."

It was one of those "badge of courage" horror flicks among my youthful friends and myself. Along with titles like I Spit On Your Grave, Bloodsucking Freaks, and Snuff, The Gates of Hell (as it was originally released here in the States) was one of the horror movies you had to make it all the way through if you wanted to hang with the big boys. And by big boys I mean brave 14-year-old horror nerds. Obviously.

Enough blather. Catalog polisher Blue Underground has just announced a City of the Living Dead Blu-ray, and I for one cannot wait to see what a woman vomiting high-definition intestines looks like on my television. To be released on May 25, the COTLD / TGOH blu-ray will provide three new featurettes, in addition to some previously-released marketing stuff and gory treats. Full details and cover art are available at DVDActive, which, by the way, is a fantastic resource for new DVD announcements. Just saying.

And yes, you're probably right: Zombie is most likely Fulci's finest fright flick. And then The Beyond. Or House By the Cemetery. This one just holds some nostalgia value for me. Plus it's really gross. Not even a particularly good movie, opinion be told, but lots of fun for the gorehounds.
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